This post serves “only” to show where the unusual hedgehog was roaming:
On a previous occasion a dragonfly kept hanging around for a photo shooting session, a most unusual experience; then the other day we encountered a hedgehog in an unexpected place, on the top of a hill in the Forest of Bowland, and at an unusual time, namely of day:
(click on a photo to see it in full size)
It stayed around for a long time, bit the lense and the sleeve of my jacket twice, but it was unclear whether it was in jest or with intentions of harm. Cute little bugger – it was still roaming the hill when we left.
“All hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal, although different species can be more or less likely to come out in the daytime. The hedgehog sleeps for a large portion of the daytime either under cover of bush, grass, rock or in a hole in the ground. Again, different species can have slightly different habits, but in general hedgehogs dig out dens for shelter. All wild hedgehogs can hibernate, although not all do; hibernation depends on temperature, species, and abundance of food.”
I recently had the rare opportunity of coming face-to-face with a Dragonfly in the rain forest near Loreto in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon – this is what it looked like (click on pix to see a slightly bigger version or ask for originals, if you have a good idea for using them):
and coming up close to the bugger…
—– great pattern, init?!?!?
This is a link to a 1200x803px JPEG shot of the Dragonfly – cropped a bit and compressed with The GIMP:
and also an un-cut 1024×768 on MyShutterSpace: